How Thyroid Disease Affects Diabetes


Sandra Gordon

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If you have diabetes, you may have increased risk of developing a thyroid disorder, a condition in which your body produces too little or too much thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones affect every function in your body, including the rate you burn calories, your breathing, your heart and nervous system, your body temperature, and your weight. It’s estimated that 10 to 24% of people with diabetes also have thyroid disease.

Diabetes and thyroid disorders are closely related. They both affect your endocrine system, which produces and releases hormones into your bloodstream so your body can function properly. Find out more about how the two diseases influence each other and your health.

It's important to be able to communicate with your doctor if you have diabetes.